Dave "Eli" MacEachern
Dave "Eli" MacEachern started out as a promising soccer player in the late 1970’s, a Canada Games athlete in the 80s and wound up being Prince Edward Island’s first ever gold medal winner in the Olympics, two decades later.
MacEachern saw success early in his athletic career playing on the Island team that won the Atlantic U14 Soccer Championship in 1979. As a high school student, he earned a spot on the roster of the 1985 PEI Canada Games soccer squad. The 1985 Island team finished a respectable eighth, the second best finish for a PEI men’s soccer team in Canada Games history up to that year. Three years later, he was back in the Canada Summer Games, this time as a sprinter on the PEI track and field team in Saskatoon.
In 1991, MacEachern turned to bobsled. He spent the next nine years with the Canadian Bobsleigh team winning an astounding 28 World Cup Medals, five World Cup titles, a silver at the world championships and gold in Nagano at the Olympics. The gold medal victory was the pride of the entire Province and Country in February 1998.
During his career with the national team, Eli was extremely active in the community speaking to over 100,000 students in schools across Canada delivering his message of “believe and achieve”. He has worked as a personal trainer and coach for many young and aspiring Island athletes during the past decade. He now runs Eli Sport which provides complete athletic training and conditioning for a wide variety of athletes.
Through it all, Dave "Eli" MacEachern has acted as a great ambassador to the sports he represents, his home Province and the Canada Games Movement, and continues to inspire developing athletes with his story.